Am I ready for Playgroup?


I was two and a half on 12 May, and since Christmas really, Mummy has been thinking about me starting playgroup.

Mummy and I go most Mondays to a mother and toddler play session at my local play centre, Mummy stays, whilst I play.

I am a bit unsure around other tots – I am ok with babies, but I am shy with toddlers my age. I am slowly getting a bit more confident, but I really like knowing Mummy is there. She nips out to get a coffee, or pops to the loo, and that is ok because I know she will be right back.

I just love being with Mummy. I have been a bit more clingy the last week or so, I only want Mummy to change my nappy, or feed me, or dress me. Now, I have had big sis Lea helping Mummy to look after me, almost as much as Mummy does, and I love her so much, but I just want Mummy.

Well, although I know Mummy wants to be with me all the time too, she has decided that next week, for definite, I am starting playgroup. Mummy can come come with me, and stay with me, for the first few times, to settle me in.

I think it will be ok. It will only be for two hours in a morning. Probably two mornings a week.

I will miss Mummy, and I know she will miss me.

toddler and mummy

Mummy says…

Pickle is my last baby.

I know that I am hanging onto him as tightly as I can.

But I also know that he needs to go to playgroup.

All my other children had started playgroup much younger than Pickle is.

He is SO bright and clever, he will love it I am sure.

I could really use the extra free time to work.

I just know that it is the start of the slippery slope to more sessions, then school.

Can’t I just pause time for a little while, please?

I will take him next week, I will be happy and smiley for him.

I will hide the little bit of sadness inside me.

How did you feel when your little one started playgroup?

The Little Life of Ickle Pickle


  1. Awww, I’m sure you will love playgroup Pickle!! I always found that I was a better mummy when I had two hours to myself a couple of times a week. My babies had fun in playgroup and I enjoyed more quality time with them when they were home. xx
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  2. This is so tough. I remember it well and have a friend going through it at the moment. I so get the desire to hang on when it is our last little one. I came over from My favourite post.
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  3. Aww, I still remember that first week so clearly! The tears…as I walked to work, the constant wondering what they were doing and if they were enjoying it. Which of course they were but the best bit was the cuddle and smile when I picked her up. I’ll be doing it all again in a few months with my second-and last- and it is going to be much harder, as I’m clinging on to him too! Good luck sweetie, Pickle with love it! xx #twinklyTuesday
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  4. Aw, I imagine I will be exactly the same with my last baby, they grow up so fast! It will take a little settling in but I’m sure he will absolutely love it. I was so uncertain when my little boy started at only 10 months but he’s now so amazing around other children and can’t wait to go. I do get sad when he goes off without even worrying about me though haha! #TwinklyTuesday
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  5. my lo is nearly 2 so i am really feeling your lovely post. 🙂 she’s my first and only child at the moment so i worry so much about separation anxiety – for her and me. 🙂 #twinklytuesday

  6. My daughter absolutely loved playgroup. It was her chance to explore and play with all those toys unavailable in the home. She especially loved the art, water play and outdoor toys. Enjoy your time..playgroup is fun and they grow up so quickly. Angela xx
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  7. Aww I’m sure he will love it once he settles in. Thanks for hosting #myfavouritepost
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  8. I hope your little man eases nicely into playgroup, it is so important for them to gain independence and confidence ready for school. They do grow up so quickly and I can so understand you need for keeping him close.

  9. Oh, I remember it so well! I actually found it much harder with my first one – when I should have gone home to make the most of the free time, I just sat in the car and cried. But we both soon got used to it. Time just seems to go too quickly though sometimes, doesn’t it?

  10. Oh, I remember it so well! I actually found it much harder with my first one – when I should have gone home to make the most of the free time, I just sat in the car and cried. But we both soon got used to it. Time just seems to go too quickly though sometimes, doesn’t it?

  11. Awww that’s the sweetest post ever. I hated when my babies went off to Montessori, they were 4 years old. Until then they stayed home with me. It’s not easy to let them off at any age #TwinklyTuesday x

  12. Aw I’m sure you’ll have a grand time at playgroup. And I’m sure mummy will find lots to occupy the time she’s at home 😉
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  13. The Tubblet ran into playgroup without a backward glance. She loved it! We cried like a pair of big wusses once we’d made round the corner. Good luck! #myfavouritepost
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  14. Aww this is so sweet! I think it is so good or children to go to playgroup/nursery and have some time on their own to develop their characters and their independence. Zach has been in nursery since he was one, he started off one day a week and then two when I had to go back to work full time. I’m glad he’s not there full time as he finds it exhausting! I am sure pickle will be absolutely fine and may find it hard at first but will soon love getting excited for mummy coming to pick him up! Good luck pickle! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
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  15. Aw I feel your pain. Pickle will absolutely love it I’m sure, but I know Mummy is also going to feel a little bittersweet. Happy that Pickle will be having a wail of a time, sad that time is moving on, quickly than all of us would like. I have the same dilemma, my little boy turns two next week, later in the year he will be going to nursery for two mornings a week, Yes for me to have time to work, yes for him to learn new things and become a little independent but also to ease him into things because pre-school will start a year later and then full time school and knowing how clingy he is I just want to make the transition as easy as it can be. Good luck with it all. I’m sure he will love it. #sharewithme
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  16. Aww this is a lovely post. I’m sure you will like playgroup Pickle. I’m looking at pre-school for my little man who is 3 next month. I’m sure you’d be great friends if you met. Mummy will miss you but you’ll get lots of big cuddles when you go home xxx #sharewithme
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  17. My little girl has just turned two and we have been thinking of sending her to nursery once a week just so she gets use to it before she starts proper nursery when she is three. I think she would love it and have a great time as she loves other children but i think i will miss her and worry as she is still so young. I bet you have a great time though and make lots of friends xx #sharewithme

  18. Awww this was such a sweet post to read, but also I felt sad too. I was so upset when Boo went to nursery at 11 months and I only lasted three months back at work and now we only go to groups together. I think about 2.5 years will be when I start to think about Boo going to nursery/playgroup
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  19. I think it will be really good for you to go off and play and make some new friends. Mummy can do her work so when you get home Mummy can play with you lots and lots. #MyFavouritePost
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  20. Ahh bless such a lovely post. I remember this well too. It will get easy and pass and become the norm. Lovely photos. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope you are enjoying my blog hop and thanks for all the linky support! #sharewithme
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  21. Aw, it is really sad when you start to think about time apart. It will be good for both of you. It’s nice for everyone to have a little bit of their own space. Little Pudding is going to nursery this week, and we are both sad about it but we also know she will have so many toys to play with and get to see lots of other children. They also have great food there and I’m hoping it will help her eat more!

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